Arcade Love + Space Cadet | The Cut Shoppe

Hey there friends! I’m back today to share a layout that was recently on The Cut Shoppe Blog using the Space Cadet Cut File.

I started in Cricut Design Space by enlarging the cut file to 11.5″ and then cut it on a piece of pattern paper from the Bella Blvd Alex Collection. I applied a layer of Clear Gesso before I adhered the cut file to the white cardstock in order to prep the paper for the upcoming mixed media. I wasn’t sure how much water I would be applying to the background so it’s always a good idea to add the primer to be sure the paper won’t tear or warp too much.

I ended up choosing a yellow acrylic paint from the Bella Blvd-Illustrated Faith Shanna’s Favorites Paint Set and mixed that yellow paint with white acrylic paint from my stash. I was trying to match the yellow in the Bella Blvd Alex Die Cuts. I used the packaging technique to apply the paint to the center of the white cardstock. I then added splatters using a couple green paints from my stash, an orange acrylic paint from the same Illustrated Faith paint set, and Black Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

I then added multiple Bella Blvd Alex Die Cuts and stickers from the Alex 12×12 Sticker Sheet. I added a very small title, Arcade Love, using Tim Holtz Label Letters Alphabet Stickers. For final touches I added zig-zag stitching using my Sewing Machine.

Now you can take a look at my process video to see how this layout came together!

This layout is so very much my son! From the die cuts, the phrases and the video game theme. The Alex Collection fits my son’s personality so well, and the Space Cadet Cut File just adds to the fun! Remember to head to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files and digital collections!

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Bright & Beautiful Winter | The Cut Shoppe

Hey there friends! I hope you all had a great Christmas and are getting ready to celebrate the upcoming New Year!! I have a new layout to share with you today that was recently on The Cut Shoppe Blog using the Snow Day Background Cut File.

I started in Cricut Design Space by slicing out one of the snowflakes from this background cut file. I then duplicated and resized the image numerous times and cut the snowflakes on white cardstock and vellum.

After I had the snowflakes cut I moved onto my background. I found this blue snowflake patterned paper in my stash. Multiple times a year (and especially when we enter a new season…Halloween, Christmas, etc), I purge and destash. I actually really enjoy this process because I always come across products I forgot that I have…including this patterned paper that I purchased from Michaels years ago. I used White Gesso in a couple spots on the patterned paper and grabbed a few spray inks (2 pinks & 1 blue) from Shimmerz. I sprayed the ink directly onto the background, used the packaging technique, and added splatters to the background using all 3 colors.

I adhered the snowflakes in the same area that I had applied the mixed media. I added a dot of Liquid Adhesive to the center of each snowflake. This allowed the edges of the snowflakes to curl naturally giving the layout a lot of interest and dimension. I then used a few die cuts from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa Ephemera Pack and Sticker Sheet. I also added a few die cuts from an older Hip Kit Club kit. I then used my Sewing Machine and silver metallic thread to stitch around the circle to secure all of the snowflakes and die cuts.

Using a Canon Selphy, I printed my photo as a 3½ x 3½ inch square and used a Stitched Circle Die to cut the photo into a circular shape. I nestled the photo into the snowflakes and added a few more embellishments from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa Ephemera Pack and Sticker Sheet. I added my multi-colored title using the CP Snow and Cocoa Puffy Stickers. I absolutely LOVE  the colors included in the Snow and Cocoa Collection & was SO happy to see the Crate Paper released this collection for a second year in a row!

For final touches, I added a few more splatters using the same Shimmerz sprays and I also watered down white acrylic paint. I added my date using a Heidi Swapp roller date stamp and black ink. I absolutely love how this layout came together.

Now you can take a look at my process video!

Remember to head to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files and as an added bonus there is a great sale happening! Make sure you take advantage!! Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me!

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